Thursday, April 04, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 4/4/2013

Receiving Jesus 
Being united with Jesus
(c)Mary Matasso 2012   

April 4, 2013
Easter Thursday

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children, I am calling you to be one with my Son in spirit. I am calling you, through prayer, and the Holy Mass when my Son unites Himself with you in a special way, to try to be like Him; that, like Him, you may always be ready to carry out God's will and not seek the fulfillment of your own. Because, my children, it is according to God's will that you are and that you exist, and without God's will you are nothing. As a mother, I am asking you to speak about the glory of God with your life because, in that way, you will also glorify yourself in accordance to His will. Show humility and love for your neighbor to everyone. Through such humility and love, my Son saved you and opened the way for you to the Heavenly Father. I implore you to keep opening the way to the Heavenly Father for all those who have not come to know Him and have not opened their hearts to His love. By your life, open the way to all those who still wander in search of the truth. My children, be my apostles who have not lived in vain. Do not forget that you will come before the Heavenly Father and tell Him about yourself. Be ready! Again I am warning you, pray for those whom my Son called, whose hands He blessed and whom He gave as a gift to you. Pray, pray, pray for your shepherds. Thank you." (April 2, 2013 Mirjana)

Our Lady speaks to us of unity with her Son, Jesus, so that we can become like Him. She wants us to be like Jesus in that we seek God's will and not our own. This is the great mystery of our human history - that we were created free, and in that freedom invited to live the plan of the Creator, but we failed. And so Jesus came to lead us back to that creative will of the Father. It is a mystery that we face every day, every minute of every day, how to be united to Jesus, and hence to the Father through the living out of His will for us.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church has a beautiful passage about the Lord's Prayer, specifically, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." A careful reading of this passage shows parallels with Our Lady's message! I offer it to you below:

III. "Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven"
2822  Our Father "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. He "is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish." His commandment is "that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another." This commandment summarizes all the others and expresses his entire will.  

2823  "He has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ... to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will." We ask insistently for this loving plan to be fully realized on earth as it is already in heaven.  

2824  In Christ, and through his human will, the will of the Father has been perfectly fulfilled once for all. Jesus said on entering into this world: "Lo, I have come to do your will, O God." Only Jesus can say: "I always do what is pleasing to him." In the prayer of his agony, he consents totally to this will: "not my will, but yours be done." For this reason Jesus "gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father." "And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."

2825  "Although he was a Son, [Jesus] learned obedience through what he suffered." How much more reason have we sinful creatures to learn obedience-we who in him have become children of adoption. We ask our Father to unite our will to his Son's, in order to fulfill his will, his plan of salvation for the life of the world. We are radically incapable of this, but united with Jesus and with the power of his Holy Spirit, we can surrender our will to him and decide to choose what his Son has always chosen: to do what is pleasing to the Father.

In committing ourselves to [Christ], we can become one spirit with him, and thereby accomplish his will, in such wise that it will be perfect on earth as it is in heaven.  

Consider how [Jesus Christ] teaches us to be humble, by making us see that our virtue does not depend on our work alone but on grace from on high. He commands each of the faithful who prays to do so universally, for the whole world. For he did not say "thy will be done in me or in us," but "on earth," the whole earth, so that error may be banished from it, truth take root in it, all vice be destroyed on it, virtue flourish on it, and earth no longer differ from heaven.  (CCC. P. 2822-2825)

The Father wants us to be like Jesus, submitted to His most loving will for us, out of love and trust, and in true freedom. We can learn obedience from Jesus, by contemplating His life on earth, and learning how to trust the Father, and say "yes" to His beautiful plan. Jesus came to draw us into that beautiful plan of love. Jesus actually did it all for us. We have only to unite ourselves to Him, and we will become part of that plan even now!  Jesus is the "Way".

May Our Lady's desire for us become a reality. May we be one with her Son in spirit and thus become one in the Father's will for us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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